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Congrats wrote on May 26, 2017 at 11:56 pm:
Congrats to the middle creek coach. He's done a great job with their program and he's done a lot of good things for lacrosse in our community. I was happy to see him go all the way with his team.
wrote on May 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm:
Will they release the All state and all region anytime?
NCLaxFan wrote on May 25, 2017 at 5:19 pm:
ALL STATE selections from Green Hope - congratulations!

FIRST TEAM
Conor Ryan (sr) - goalie (200 saves, 58%)

SECOND TEAM
Aidan Callahan (jr) - attack (68 goals, 100 pts)

HONORABLE MENTION
Jack Larkin (jr) - attack (62 goals, 88 pts)
Carter Lux (sr) - defense
wrote on May 25, 2017 at 3:38 pm:
I'm sure others, such as Jim Kirkley or Duke Whelan could offer a more complete answer, but as I recall the NCHSAA sanctioned lacrosse in 2008 and the first season of competition was in 2010. Prior to that the sport was governed by the North Carolina High School Lacrosse Association, which was established by a number of coaches who recognized that the sport was going to do nothing but grow in NC and that sanctioning was inevitable. The group established bylaws that, to the greatest degree possible, mirrored the rules the NCHSAA used for sanctioned sports with that in mind. I suppose you could call high school lacrosse in NC a "club" sport prior to sanctioning, but the work done by the NCHSLA certainlt elevated the sport to a significantly higher level.
Point of View Response wrote on May 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm:
The sport has grown tremendously since Lax became a NCHSAA sanctioned sport. LaxPower shows that there were 48 teams in 2007, 77 teams in 2012, and just over 100 this year. Although the Usual Suspects such Catholic, LN, Gibbons, Chapel Hill, Apex & NWG are top contenders these teams no longer rule the state which was demonstrated this year by Middle Creek & Weddington. Other programs such Broughton, Heritage, Green Hope, Myers Park, & Ardrey Kell, Hoggard are also starting to make their mark. Travel & Youth programs are increasing the Lax IQ across the state and we're starting to see more kids get attention from the major D1 programs.
Point of View from CARY wrote on May 25, 2017 at 12:11 pm:
When did lax transition from club non official to sanctioned NCHSAA?
How has the sport grown in number of teams playing? Is the pond of talented teams bigger now than before lax was an official sport?
Heritage High School Varsity Coaching Job wrote on May 24, 2017 at 9:33 pm:
Hi triangle lacrosse community,

My name is Cameron Ferguson, I am the former head coach at Heritage High School, and I am here to announce what I believe will most likely be the hottest coaching opening in the state this year.

I have stepped away from coaching for personal reasons and would love to see a high quality coach take over for me at the helm of this program.

Heritage is a decently new school and lacrosse program (school is in it's 7th year) and is just now hitting it's stride. Two years ago the team was 4-10, 9-9 last year, and this year went 10-6 for 3rd place in the competitive Cap-8 conference. This team is full of great returning players, including:

-Two first team all-conference sophomores.
-Three second team all-conference (two sophomores, 1 junior)
-Two honorable mention (one junior, one sophomore)

This team also includes Keelan Seneca, who is committed to Albany University and racked up 71 points in 16 games this year as a sophomore. Mark my words this kid will be one of the best players to ever have played in North Carolina when he graduates.

The school is great, the Athletic Director is very supportive, the parents are great, and the whole community is just an awesome one to be a part of.

I really hope someone good will take over, and so if you are interested please contact AD Pat Kennedy at pkennedy@wcpss.net.

And if you have any more questions about the program please don't hesitate to contact me either at cferguson2@wcpss.net.

Thanks!
Best teams in state history? wrote on May 24, 2017 at 9:22 pm:
Laugh out loud.

Let me educate these young bucks who apparently don't know there was any great teams before 2010...

Chapel Hill High School's record against NC teams was 72-2 between the four season span of 2006-2009 during which time they also played in four straight state championship games (winning two). Yes you read that right, 72-2 and FOUR STRAIGHT SC GAMES. Now pick your jaw up off the floor and keep reading this. CHHS was a 4A big boy back then and won the 4A state championship back to back in 2007 and 2008. And those two losses were both in state championship games in 2006 and 2009, which means they were two wins away from winning four straight state championships. If you look back on laxpower, Chapel Hill during that time span scheduled extremely hard schedules, always playing the best teams in the state and beating up on them all. They even played a tough out of state schedule and beat a few good teams from elsewhere (and we all know elsewhere is a whole different level...).

If we're talking best teams in NC history, there is no way you could not put the 2007, and 2008 CHHS teams at least in the top 3, and in my opinion the two best teams at least since 2006 (I won't comment on previous years since I myself am a youngish buck ;)...).

Those two squads in 2007 and 2008 had 11 future division 1 players, many more lower division players, and 3 future Carolina Hounds players who are currently with the Hounds in John Haus (Maryland), Will Haus (Duke), and David Manning (Loyola). John Haus is also a current Hounds captain.

I love the conversation about greatest teams in NC history and of course MC did great this year. But after seeing them play and remembering the old CHHS teams, there is not one single doubt in my mind that either the 2007 or 2008 CHHS would beat MC if they played now. CHHS literally had entire lines, yes LINES, of future division one players, and was completely dominant in all facets of the game, not to mention had the big game experience to handle the situation.
carolina lax wrote on May 24, 2017 at 4:31 pm:
The conversation about best team is always fun, but also a dead end.

Many weren't around to see some of the previous teams that were excellent over the years. Gibbons have had several great groups as did East Chapel and Chapel Hill. Catholic has had some stellar teams, the Providence championship team was really good. Apex has had teams that could play with anyone when factoring in depth, athleticism, and coaching. Then can even go back to some of the great Riverside and DA teams. This Middle Creek team now gets added to that mix/conversation and deservedly. Certainly a fun conversation with no right answer.
RE: Old Terp & private school lax wrote on May 24, 2017 at 1:12 pm:
Maybe with all these blowouts you should recruit Gibbons to actually play against private teams. Create better competition within the private schools.

I am not related to the MC program at all but MC would prevail by 8+. Their offense could have been the best offense we have seen in a while. They took down every opponent easily. Would have loved for them to have the resources to play gibbons schedule and see how that turned out. Unfortunately the SWAC played 16 conference games this year limiting any out of conference scheduling.
Best teams in state history? wrote on May 24, 2017 at 2:43 am:
I think this could be an interesting debate topic. I'm from Raleigh so I will try to keep it as balanced as I can (and as realistic as I can remember) but I've watched lacrosse in the state for the last 7 years, and I don't think I've seen a team more complete than Middle Creek's this year. I would actually put them on par with Gibbons' last 2 teams, but I am giving them an edge due to a) the beat down they put on everybody (closest game was a 4 point win vs apex, a rival) and b) I think they were very under appreciated in the regular season.

1) Middle Creek 2017
2)Cardinal Gibbons 2016/2015
3) Charlotte Catholic 2008 (never saw them play, going off of hearsay on this one
4)Lake Norman 2012
5) Apex 2013
6) Myers Park 2010
7) Northwest Guilford 2011
Impressed wrote on May 24, 2017 at 1:48 am:
A big congratulations to Middle Creek. What a phenomenal team. The closest game they had all season was a four goal win over Apex (2nd in SWAC), which they played the day after playing Green Hope (3rd in SWAC). They definitely are a talented group of kids who were well coached.
Old Terp from Asheville wrote on May 24, 2017 at 1:27 am:
Have to agree with Private School Lax. Christ School ended their season strong, breezing through the NCISAA playoffs. In fact Christ School defeated their last three opponents by an average score of 18.6 to 5. Their early season losses were to out of state power house teams and were either in overtime or by a single goal. Nice to see that a North Carolina team will be represented in the inaugural Geico National Tournament on Memorial Day in DC. The Greenies with 7 college commits deserve some serious credit.
wrote on May 23, 2017 at 10:27 pm:
Looking at the box score of games last weekend I see that Weddington put up 19 goals in quarters 2 and 3 of the state championship game. Wow, that must've been something to watch.
John Dodd from Charlotte wrote on May 23, 2017 at 9:57 am:
Wingate University Head Coach Tim Boyle (who took his team to NCAA playoffs in his first year) with former Wingate and Marvin Ridge coach John Dodd invite boys in grades 6-12 to the Bulldog Lacrosse Camp. We have a great instructional camp with a fun but competitive atmosphere. Visit www.LacrosseCamps.org for details and to register.
NCLaxFan wrote on May 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm:
Congratulations to the SWAC All Conference Teams:

FIRST TEAM
A-Owen Caputo, Middle Creek
A-Aiden Callahan, Green Hope
A-Jared Medwar, Middle Creek
A-Bobby Padden, Athens Drive
M-Jake Caputo, Middle Creek
M-Preston Lalicker, Apex
M-Charlie Doetzer, Middle Creek
FO-Graham Schwartz, Middle Creek
D-Alex Baker, Apex
D-Caleb Ferguson, Holly Springs
D-Alex Lucius, Holly Springs
D-Tommy Farlow, Holly Springs
G-Conor Ryan, Green Hope

SECOND TEAM
A-Christian Cechini, Apex
A-Jack Larkin, Green Hope
A-Matt Calleri, Holly Springs
M-Justin Freeman, Apex
M-Nate Garland, Holly Springs
M-Cam Sechler, Panther Creek
FO-Chris Silver, Athens Drive
D-Carter Lux, Green Hope
D-Keith Phillips, Middle Creek
D-Will Flynt, Friendship
D-AJ King, Middle Creek
G-Patrick Sasser, Apex
Ultimate Lax Bro wrote on May 22, 2017 at 2:47 pm:
I was about to watch the 4A State Championship, shout out to both teams for making and Lake Norman for putting up a good fight. But you can't win State Championships without a good FOGO. Middle Creek was able to possess the ball and exhaust LNs defense then capitalize. It was basically like make it take. Standouts we're Jared Medwar, Jake Caputo, and MC FOGO (also games mvp). On the other hand I would be surprised if these teams played again next year.
private school lax wrote on May 22, 2017 at 1:59 pm:
All i can say is throw Christ School into the best of state discussion. They did lose to Cardinal Gibbons, literally on last second shot, but playing much better now. They beat Charlotte Country Day 18-2 in state final.
rallax wrote on May 22, 2017 at 12:54 pm:
If you didn't see MC play this year you missed out. They were pretty good.
wrote on May 22, 2017 at 12:54 pm:
I have had an opportunity to watch both play Middle Creek would beat Weddington by 6+. Middle Creek is just more of a complete team and has and offense that is scary.
CLT from Charlotte wrote on May 22, 2017 at 3:17 am:
Didn't get to see Middle Creek play this year, but congratulations to them on the 4A title. And congratulations to Weddington on the 1A,2A,3A Championship. Would be cool to have seen them play each other. How about a game between the two champions to see who the best team in the state is?
Bowen Collins from HILLSBOROUGH wrote on May 20, 2017 at 8:11 pm:
I am a Current Lacrosse player at Lenoir Rhyne university and I am offering Lacrosse lessons to youth players. Please contact me for details. Mainly focusing on fundamentals and stick work. My number is 919-884-6870. Feel free to call to text.
Red Rocket wrote on May 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm:
Wazz Ah! 3A and 4A State championships tonight and tomorrow I'm excited to see how the Middle Creek & Lake Norman game goes. Also pumped to see Weddington take on Cedar Ridge maybe an upset tonight. Best of luck to all the teams participating.
Post Season Accolades? wrote on May 19, 2017 at 6:17 pm:
Is there a website that lists all of the kids that have made All State & All American teams? I know some teams have already have notified their players.
Mr. Lax wrote on May 19, 2017 at 2:38 pm:
Not a great season for me this year, hopefully I can get these final three picks right!!

Iโ€™ve been wrong about Middle Creek all year, they were without a doubt the best team in the Eastern region and they proved that Tuesday night. Lake Norman is a very good team who has done a great job flying under the radar all season. My prediction is Middle Creek beats Lake Norman by 3+ goals.

In terms of the 3A game, I have nothing else to say other than I think Weddington beats Cedar Ridge by 10+

Private School game: Christ School wins its first state title by 3+ goals